Indiana Car Title

Do you need a car title in Indiana? We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to receive your car title in Indiana. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many BMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the BMV offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your BMV forms and/or provide links to BMV online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the BMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local BMV.

3: Via a local BMV office

If you prefer to access BMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical BMV office location. Varying BMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the BMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local BMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.

New Indiana Car Title

In Indiana, it is necessary to apply for a new title when you purchase a new or used vehicle, change ownership of a vehicle, or register it for the first time within the state. If you are the owner, you will need to have the title of that vehicle put in your name. Whether you have purchased your vehicle from a private party or out-of-state dealer, refinanced your vehicle, or need to add or remove an owner from that vehicle's title, you will need to apply for a new title.

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Obtaining a Duplicate Title

Lost your Indiana car title? You can apply for a duplicate title either by mail or in person at any BMV office.

If your title is lost or stolen in Indiana, you will need to complete and sign an application for a duplicate title. You will be required to pay a $9 duplicate fee and present certain proofs of identification and ownership. For more information regarding your motor vehicle tags and titles, visit

Changing the Address On Your Car Title

In Indiana, changing the address on your vehicle's title can be completed in person at any BMV office. You are required to report a change of address to the BMV as soon as possible following your move. For information on making corrections to your voter registration, visit

Changing the Name On Your Car Title

If you've recently legally changed your name, in Indiana, and would like your car title to display your new name, you will first need to update your information with the Social Security Administration. Visit the SSA wesbite for more information.

Once you've updated your name with the SSA, you have the option of changing the name on your car title in person at your local BMV office.

Indiana Bill of Sale

In Indiana, a bill of sale is only needed if a vehicle’s title is not registered in Indiana already. If the vehicle is purchased in Indiana and driven primarily in Indiana, then all the buyer needs to do is title and register the vehicle in their own name.


Indiana Salvage Titles

In the state of Indiana, a vehicle is deemed a total loss by insurance companies if repairing the vehicle or rebuilding the vehicle costs 70 percent or more of its value. As a result, an Indiana Salvage Title will be issued for the vehicle, and as such cannot be driven on the highways or have a valid license plate. If the vehicle is restored, it has to be inspected before a Rebuilt Title will be issued. A rebuilt vehicle with an IN salvage rebuilt title can be driven on the highways.

To learn more about Indiana Salvage Titles, read below:

Applying for an Indiana Salvage Certificate of Title

If you plan on selling the vehicle, you'll need to apply for a Salvage Car Title at your local Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).You can bring, or request and fill out in person, a completed and signed Application for Certificate of Title, a Salvage Title Affidavit, and your Certificate of Title, Certificate of Gross Retail or Use Tax Exemption form.

Note: You only need this form if you are transferring ownership and sales tax is not owed. You'll also need to bring a $4 title application fee.

Indiana Salvage Title Application/Form

In order to get your title to your salvaged vehicle, the BMV has made it easier for you by offering a complete application for salvaged vehicles packet. After completing all the requirements, you can then turn the paperwork into your local IN BMV branch.

Indiana Salvage Rebuilt Titles

To apply for an Indiana Salvage Vehicle Rebuilt Title you'll have to visit your local BMV office to complete or show the following:

Once the necessary forms are completed, a $15 title application fee will be required to complete the process.

To make it easier for you, the IN BMV offers a complete Salvage Motor Vehicle Restoration - Rebuilt Vehicle packet. If you choose to not go in person, you can complete the packet information and send it to:

Central Office Title Processing
100 North Senate Avenue
Room N41
Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Indiana

An abandoned vehicle title in Indiana can be claimed by anyone as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. In order to claim an abandoned vehicle and title it in Indiana, you will have to contact the IN Bureau of Motor Vehicles Division and file a report. The BMV will give you a Transfer Ownership Form, and then contact the owner of the vehicle. If the owner does not respond, you will be contacted to complete the Transfer Ownership Form and the title will be issued to you.

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